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Build 51 – March Madness

We just pushed a new release (Build 51, r21152 r21307 r21316) to all users. We have gone through several alpha releases since our last major update so there are are quite a few changes. This release includes all the features, bug fixes and enhancements in Builds 46 – 51 on our Change Log.  Notable changes include:

  • Added a “Local Mode” which saves all account info on your machine and uses that if Digsby is unable to connect to our servers to synchronize preferences.  Next time Digsby is able to log in, everything is synchronized.
  • Fixed Hotmail message actions such as Delete and Mark as Read, which broke due to a protocol change
  • Yahoo Protocol now uses their load balancers for more reliable login
  • Added auto-update capability for Windows 2000 users (if you are the admin account) and fixed several bugs that prevented some users from auto-updating
  • Fixed an issue that caused buddy list data (ie: merged contacts, nicknames) to not save and made preference saving more efficient
  • Changed the default port for AIM and ICQ to 443 since it is more likely to succeed in many firewall situations

So, what’s next?  We are currently wrapping up a few projects that will dramatically reduce Digsby’s CPU usage.  We’re also improving the reliability and speed of file transfers.  These changes will be pushed out to Alpha testers over the next week or two.  Once we make sure these updates are stable, we will push them out as the next major release.

While our alpha testers help us hunt down bugs, we’re switching gears into feature mode!  We have done a lot of work to improve stability and performance over the past few months so we’re going to take some time to work on all those features you have been requesting. We will focus on the most commonly requested features but we also have some plans of our own. Let us know what you want most in the comments!

We will keep pushing to make Digsby even better and want to thank all of you for your continued feedback and support.  If you want to tell the world about the Digsby, here are some ways you can help:

  • Post the news to sites like Digg, Facebook, Reddit, or Mixx
  • Invite your friends to try Digsby via Facebook
  • Write a review of Digsby on your blog
  • Use the “ShareThis” and “Buzz” widgets below to share the news

If you experience any bugs in this release, please use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log or email us.

Update 1 (04/01/2009 11:15am EST): We just pushed out a small patch fixing two issues.  First, a bug that was introduced that caused some users to receive an “Invalid Username” error on login.  Second, there was a small change in the Facebook API that caused the newsfeed functionality to break for some users.  This should now be fixed as well.

Update 2 (04/01/2009 2:20pm EST): One more small patch was pushed bringing the release number to 21316. This patch fixes an issue that caused “contact signed on” popups to show for all your buddies who were online at the time you sign on and affected a small portion of users. Thank you to everyone who reported bugs in this release and helped us hunt them down!

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Electricity Issues

A large chunk of the neighborhood lost power including our facility.  The backup lasted for the last 20 minutes but the electric company has not resolved the issue in time and our network is currently down.  This will be resolved as soon as possible.

On a brighter note, a release that goes live next week will include “local mode” functionality we have been working on so if this happens again, your use of Digsby will not be interrupted.  Digsby will load cached preferences and account info from your hard drive and then resynchronize when it is able to establish a connection to our servers.

Update (12:30pm EST): Two of the three power sources coming into the facility have been restored so the servers are back online.  However, until power is fully restored we may not be out of the woods yet.  We’ll keep you posted.

Update 2 (2:30pm EST): Everything is still online and all power has been restored to the building so we expect things to remain stable.  This issue actually pointed out a few issues with “local mode” since Alpha users already had the functionality.  We will patch it up and push another Alpha release with the fixes next week.  The next public release should also be sometime next week.

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Build 51 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 51, r21071 r21152) which introduces a few small bug fixes and enhancements. Our goal is to push this build out as the next public release as long as no new issues have been introduced.  So, if you catch any new bugs please let us know. As always, you can read the entire list of new features, bug fixes, and enhancements on our Change Log. Notable changes include:

  • When the buddy list is closed to the icon tray or minimized to the taskbar, it will no longer resort as buddies sign on or off. When you bring it back into focus, it will resort to apply any status changes. This will significantly reduce CPU usage when Digsby is not in use (especially useful for gamers)
  • Added diagnostic info to bug reports to help us hunt down CPU spins. If Digsby tells you it is running slowly, please choose “Yes” to submit the bug report so we can fix the issue

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

As always, thank you for all the feedback and enjoy the new build. If you experience any bugs please email us at bugs@digsby.com or use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log. If you have any suggestions, please email us at features@digsby.com.

Update  (3/24/2009 1:45pm EST): We just pushed out a small patch that fixes several bugs which were introduced in the latest alpha. Please let us know if there are any remaining issues.  If not, we hope to release this build to all users shortly.

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Build 50 – Private Alpha Release

We just pushed an update to alpha testers (Build 50, r20937) which introduces new bug fixes and enhancements. As always, you can read the entire list of new features, bug fixes, and enhancements on our Change Log. The list is a bit shorter than usual because we have been working on a few large projects, which are not quite ready for release. Notable changes include:

  • Fixed several major issues with the To/From dropdowns in the IM window
  • Changed the default port for AIM and ICQ to 443 since it is more likely to succeed in many firewall situations
  • Fixed Hotmail message actions such as Delete and Mark as Read, which broke due to a protocol change

If you would like to become an alpha tester and get new releases before everyone else, download this file and place it in the main program folder. Keep in mind that as an alpha tester you may get a release with a few bugs every now and then.  We are looking for people who are proactive in reporting these issues so we can fix them before builds go out to all users.

As always, thank you for all the feedback and enjoy the new build. If you experience any bugs please email us at bugs@digsby.com or use “Help > Send Bug Report” in the main menu to submit a diagnostic log. If you have any suggestions, please email us at features@digsby.com.

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